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Best dishes in the ATL?

Behold the General Muir's pastrami sandwich

Behold the General Muir's pastrami sandwich

So, I’ve got a question:

What are the great restaurant menu items that define Atlanta today? What are the dishes that pull you into a restaurant? The ones you can’t not order?

Okay, I guess that’s three questions. When I moved to Atlanta in the late 1990s, the city favorites were the fried lobster tail at Pano’s & Paul’s and the Maytag blue cheese chips at Buckhead Diner. Then it became the crab fritter at Bacchanalia and the peanut butter banana pie at Rathbun’s. We moved on to the burger at Holeman & Finch and the San Gennaro pizza at Antico Pizza Napoletana.

What do we have today? I have a few ideas, but I want to hear yours.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

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Angela D

March 10th, 2014
10:45 am

Margherita Di Bufala pizza with mushrooms at Varasano’s, the Coconut Soup with Shrimp at Nan Thai Fine Dining, the Lobster Bisque at Steamhouse Lounge, pretty much anything at Restaurant Eugene, the Croque Madame at both Bistro Nikko and Del Frisco and the Porchetta Sandwich at Toscano & Sons.

BBQgeek

March 10th, 2014
10:54 am

Pastrami Sandwich @ General Muir
Kitchen Sink at Community Q
Octopus at Osteria Mattone
Farm Egg at Miller Union
Soup, Salad, Sandwich trio at Seed (lunch only)

David Lee Simmons

March 10th, 2014
10:54 am

The molasses-rubbed duck at Wisteria. I even tried making it at home off a similar recipe I found online. It symbolizes their passion for that kind of New South cuisine that’s taken hold in recent years, and is rich and a little bit decadent. (And delicious.)

David Lee Simmons

March 10th, 2014
10:55 am

Oops, I meant pork tenderloin! (Been too darn long.)

Baltisraul....

March 10th, 2014
10:55 am

John, had you been in Atl in the 70’s you might also have included the Fried Lobster at The Coach & Six. I agree w/ Angela about the lobster bisque at Steamhouse . You should get some real good response on this topic! I like lobster!!!!

Edward

March 10th, 2014
11:03 am

The short ribs benedict at 1Kept (sadly, they’ve discontinued their brunch for now) and their deviled quail eggs. The Cloud Nine pasta and peach souffle at Sprig. The poutine with chicken at Bantam & Biddy. The ramen at Miso Izakaya (but soon to be at the new Ton Ton, also by Guy Wong). The “dry fried” eggplant and tea-smoked duck at Gu’s Bistro. Tortelli di Mele at Pasta da Pulcinella.

Edward

March 10th, 2014
11:04 am

I should also add the Burnt Ends at Fox Bros. BBQ.

Crayolahd

March 10th, 2014
11:07 am

Corndogs @ Pallookavlle shoot me right back to childhood! Pho from Dua, and anything from Goin’ Coastal!!

Sonia Blanco

March 10th, 2014
11:24 am

Tilapia Burrito @ La Fonda Latina

Marjorie

March 10th, 2014
11:50 am

Fish tacos @ Jo’s Grille, 2120 Johnson Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30319

janet

March 10th, 2014
11:52 am

The roasted lamb sandwich on sourdough bread at Artisan Bakery Cafe in Roswell. Fabulous!

Max Banter

March 10th, 2014
12:13 pm

The Lobster Roll at JCT Kitchen (lunch only)

Lauren

March 10th, 2014
12:19 pm

The Beeter at Victory Sandwich Bar (technically Decatur). As more chefs focus on applying their skills to veggies, this vegetarian option with white kimchi and Thai pepper mayo hits it out of the park.

RK

March 10th, 2014
12:32 pm

Sake Aioli at Umi (cured scottish salmon with garlic aioli, lime, and caviar)

Dawgs Run This State

March 10th, 2014
12:41 pm

Spicy Korean Pork Sandwich at Heirloom Market BBQ, Osterria Mattone’s Homemade Lasagna, Antico’s San Genarro pizza and those lucious garlic rolls at Ippolito’s!

Mandy Pandy

March 10th, 2014
12:50 pm

Red Lobster’s Cheese Biscuits, Olive Garden’s Salad and Sonny’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich are the best keep secrets in all of Hotlanta.

Also Fuddrucker’s makes a mean burger & shake.

Sam

March 10th, 2014
12:54 pm

Holy Tacos @ Nuevo Laredo
Crispy Duck buns @ Miso Izakaya

Michael

March 10th, 2014
12:56 pm

Smoked Wings at Fox Bros.
Pappardelle Carbonara at no. 246
Margherita (add Pepparoni) at Antico
Pho (eye of round & marbled brisket) at Pho Dai Loi #2

[...] What do we have today? I have a few ideas, but I want to hear yours on my Food and More blog. [...]

Lizzy B.

March 10th, 2014
1:15 pm

Grindhouse Killer Burgers, anything at Atlanta Fish Market and Dantanna’s (especially their potato salad, kale and fish). Little Bangkok spicy catfish. Hudson Grill – spinach and burger.

MarkO

March 10th, 2014
1:22 pm

Schwarma at Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill & Deli in N. Sandy Springs

Tuckerite

March 10th, 2014
1:27 pm

Grant Stack at Home Grown

jason

March 10th, 2014
1:28 pm

Grilled Pork Banh Mi at Lee’s Bakery
El’s Wings at Muss and Turner’s
Xiaolongbao (Pork Soup Dumplings) at Chef Liu’s
Sorrento Lemon or Scarpiello chicken from Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
Shrimp Po’boy at Star Provisions
#9 – Genoa Salami and Provolone at E. 48th Street in Dunwoody

John

March 10th, 2014
1:57 pm

Really, I imagine this person is overweight and a shut in. These chains are “Hotlanta’s” best kept secrets?????

Mandy Pandy
March 10th, 2014
12:50 pm

Red Lobster’s Cheese Biscuits, Olive Garden’s Salad and Sonny’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich are the best keep secrets in all of Hotlanta.

Also Fuddrucker’s makes a mean burger & shake.

Iluvnutella

March 10th, 2014
2:05 pm

What the He*& is the ATL? Is that some crack neighborhood with hot wing stands and braid shops? FYI, there may not be many of us left, BUT native Atlantans call this town Atlanta. If that is what you are referring to, I know some great places to eat.

J

March 10th, 2014
2:07 pm

I know you said Atlanta ut I have to tell you if you are ever in Duluth for lunch (they may serve it a dinner as well) go to Park Cafe. The fried green tomato and pimento cheese sandwich on an onion roll with field green is awesome!!!! Pro tip: Ask them to add some bacon or fried pork belly.

john

March 10th, 2014
2:13 pm

Fox Bros. Burger with Fox-a-Roni. Best menu item in all of Atlanta. Period.

Blast Off!!!!

March 10th, 2014
2:14 pm

Amen lluvnutella!!!!

Susan

March 10th, 2014
2:29 pm

any pizza at Campagnia in Alpharetta!

Big Boi

March 10th, 2014
2:30 pm

@ lluvnutella & Blast Off!!! …………you need to get out of GA sometimes and you will see that ATL is known world wide as Atlanta. ATL is also used as the Airport Code.

Liz

March 10th, 2014
2:31 pm

Ice cream sandwiches at Miller Union.

Great Sandwich

March 10th, 2014
2:31 pm

John (not Kessler, but the guy that posted above), I’m pretty sure Mandy Pandy was joking.

James R. Oxendine

March 10th, 2014
2:44 pm

Sorrento Lemon or Scarpiello chicken from Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
“San Gennaro / Margherita (add Pepparoni) at Antico
Shrimp Po’boy at Star Provisions
Crispy Duck buns @ Miso Izakaya
Coconut Soup with Shrimp at Nan Thai Fine Dining
The burger at Holeman & Finch
I see all of the above and raise to: Octopus at Kyma

Garrett

March 10th, 2014
2:45 pm

The poutine with fried egg at Brunch at The General Muir
Pastrami piled high at The General Muir
Antico pepperoni pizza
Lunchboxes at Tuk Tuk
Anything that Cliff advises daily at Tomo

Baltisraul....

March 10th, 2014
2:58 pm

Mandy Pany….the places you named @ 12:50 are not a best kept secret. It is just nobody goes there anymore, and for good reason. Sonny’s, be still me heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jarrod

March 10th, 2014
2:59 pm

I don’t think the query was for a listing of your favorite foods…it’s for Atlanta’s best known dishes. The H&F burger definitely qualifies. It’s so famous that it now has two stands at Turner Field exclusively offering its deliciousness. I’d also say the honey-glazed fried chicken at Greenwoods on Green Street in Roswell also qualifies. You have to order almost as soon as you sit down, and most anyone who grew up in the northern suburbs knows about this off-the beaten path restaurant and staple.

quake

March 10th, 2014
3:00 pm

The Mussels at The Optimist.
Oysters and Pearls at the Spence.
Burger Stack at Bocado.
Any and everything at Pho 24.

Baltisraul....

March 10th, 2014
3:01 pm

Fudruckers does make a good burger, I must admit.

ATLtillIDIE

March 10th, 2014
3:03 pm

Salmon @ Atmosphere
Gnocchi @ No. 246
Chicken Biscuit @ Buttermilk Kitchen on Roswell Rd.
Brisket @ The Greater Good BBQ

Robert

March 10th, 2014
3:31 pm

Tea-smoked duck at Gu’s Bistro
Chengdu won tons in hot/sour at Gu’s Bistro
BBQ Pork sandwich & Texas brisket chili at Heirloom Market
Zhong Style dumplings at Gu’s Bistro
Cilantro Shrimp at Gu’s Bistro (see a trend yet?)
San Genarro Pizza at Antico
NY Style Cheesecake at General Muir
Poached eggs & grits at General Muir
Burgers at Holeman and Finch / Flip / Farmburger
Sorrento Chicken at Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
‘Anything’ at Zyka’s Indian on Lawrenceville Hwy
Pulled Pork at Fox Bros BBQ
Cuban Sandwich at Papi’s East Cuban
Caramelized banana pancakes at Ria’s Bluebird
Bread Bread Bread from Holeman & Finch (H&F Bakery)

William

March 10th, 2014
3:51 pm

Any food item at Nuevo Laredo, and their frozen Mango Margarita is simply perfection in a glass..

William

March 10th, 2014
3:52 pm

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TCBnATL

March 10th, 2014
4:21 pm

Dishes I can’t not order:
Duck grape leaf rolls at Co’m on Buford Highway
Huevo con Trufa at Iberian Pig

Art

March 10th, 2014
4:38 pm

The Chick-fil-A sandwich… an Atlanta institution that is rarely mentioned in food circles. There’s not one dish thus far that has made anyone a billion dollars except for the Chick-fil-A sandwich… someone must like them.

Al

March 10th, 2014
4:38 pm

Fried chicken at South City Kitchen.

JPL

March 10th, 2014
4:42 pm

Although someone mentioned Greenwood’s Fried Chicken, I would like to recommend their trout. There is nothing as good as fresh GA trout.

Kathy

March 10th, 2014
4:59 pm

Caramelized Fish sauce chicken wings at Nam Phong, I just can’t help myself…….

Marie

March 10th, 2014
6:24 pm

1. BBQ chicken with macaroni and cheese and collard green sides from Miss Betty’s House of Ribs (Mix the two sauces)
2. Lobster Roll at Octopus Bar
3. C’om’s rice dish that’s served in a hot stone bowl
4. The Midnight Train (four fried chicken wings and a waffle) at Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles

B. Thenet

March 10th, 2014
9:58 pm

Bocca Lupo Ramen- Still as good as when it was only a special at LPC
Hot and Numbing Beef Rolls at Tasty China
Creamy Dreamy Grits at The Flying Biscuit

Dunwoody Foodie

March 10th, 2014
10:35 pm

Moroccan-style beef brisket with vegetable ragu at Cafe Sababa, http://www.cafesababa.net.